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Saturday Streaming

2020 Live Online Concert Series

About Saturday Streaming

During the COVID-19 Pandemic  in 2020, we were obliged to cease live performances and stay at home - but we didn't stop playing!  From July to November we prepared a weekly 90 minute themed presentation ready for broadcasting via Facebook Live every Saturday evening. The concerts soon gained momentum and developed around them a community interested in sharing and talking about the Australian traditional and the stories behind the material. 

Click on any title below, or scroll through the YouTube playlist    

SS#1 -  4th July

No Stopping! Requests #1

Classic request night - some favourites, some never played before...

SS#2 - 11th July

Activism is Alive

Traditional music has aways been used as an agent for progressive change. Songs of struggle and protest.


SS#3 - 18th July

Off the Beaten Track

Weird and wonderful finds from the Australian tradition.


SS#4 - 25th July

No Stopping! Requests #2 

Classic request night - some favourites, some never played before...


SS#5 -  1st August

We Go On Disobeying! 

The Songs and Poems of John Dengate. On the seventh anniversary of John's passing in 2013.

 

SS#6 - 8th August

Variety Night #1 

In the old country hall tradition... lots of laughs, lighter in tone and, as the name suggests, expect some variety!

SS#7 - 15th August

The Soul of a Poet -  The Poetry & Songs of Henry Lawson, Part 1

Featuring recitations, and musical settings by the Roweths, Chris Kempster and more.

 

SS#8 - 22nd August

Sleepers: The Songs of Carrie Milliner and the Bobbin Family 

We introduce you to the Bobbin Family of the Far South Coast of NSW and their extraordinary and wide ranging repertoire of songs.

 

SS#9 - 29th August

No Stopping! Requests #3

Classic request night - some favourites, some never played before...

SS#10 - 5th September

The Songs and Tunes of Bob Rummery

Over the years our repertoire has greatly benefited from the addition of songs from Bob Rummery, and we are thrilled to have the chance to focus on his work in this special presentation. Bob has been performing and championing West Australian songs and music both as a solo performer and with West Australian band Loaded Dog for many years. He is a fine tune writer and sets Australian poetry to music as though it was always meant to be sung that way.

SS#11 - 12th September

The Soul of a Poet -  The Poetry & Songs of Henry Lawson, Part 2

Featuring recitations, and musical settings by the Roweths, Chris Kempster and more.

 

SS#12 - 19th September

The Game is Getting Lively

Songs and stories of the Weddin Mountains bushrangers featuring the mighty Frank Gardiner, John Gilbert, and Ben Hall.

 

SS#13 - 26th September

Variety Night #2

In the old country hall tradition... lots of laughs, lighter in tone and, as the name suggests, expect some variety!

 

SS#14 - 3rd October

The Soul of a Poet -  The Poetry & Songs of Henry Lawson, Part 3

Featuring recitations, and musical settings by the Roweths, Chris Kempster and more. Special Guest: Megan Roweth.

 

SS#15 - 10th October

Phonograph Jack

As we work to find new ways to live in a changing world, we return to familiar songs to find that they have acquired new meanings. So, what's worth keeping? 
Allow us to introduce to you 'Phonograph Jack', who wanders the tablelands of NSW stirring the memories of those who live and work there. Dance to the tunes of Sally Sloane and Ebb Wren under the stars, listen in the dark to the songs of battered travellers and chancers with hope still alive in their hearts.

 

SS#16 - 17th October

The Riderless Horse - An Australian Impression of the First World War

This material has the ring of truth for nobody knows better than those who were there …From the rousing songs of nationalistic fervour, to the soldiers’ brave faced morale boosters composed on the spot in the trenches and sung by many voices, to the ballads of those left behind to watch and wait - It’s the songs written by people of the time, those directly affected by being at war, that really tell the story and provide a rare insight into Australia at the time of the war to end all wars. Although these songs were never meant to tell the story of one soldier’s experience, this presentation has been arranged chronologically and gives a strong impression of continuity. The show also contains a potted folk history of Australia’s involvement in WW1.

 

SS#17 - 24th October

No Stopping! Requests #4

Classic request night - some favourites, some never played before...

 

SS#18 - 31st October

Battler's Ballads

Songs of struggle, of swagmen and the working class.

SS#19 - 7th November

In Concert

SS#20 - 14th November

In Remembrance

Following Remembrance Day, we explore the diverse momentous moments in Australia's history that are marked by the 11th of November. On this day Ned Kelly was hung in 1880, the guns on the Western Front fell silent in 1918, and Gough Whitlam was sacked in 1975. We explore these, and other related events, through song and story.

 

SS#21 - 21st November

Too Many Bloody Songs About Shearers By Far! 

This song, like the album of the same title, is part celebration, and part tribute. It is our contemporary exploration of the characters who shore sheep in Australian past times, and who, in doing so, helped to build a modern nation. The material has a natural, but not exclusive focus on our home in central west NSW. Discoveries shared by song collectors Mark Gregory and Rob Willis, amongst others, have added significantly to the “map and compass” of shearers’ songs we have to guide us, and while parts of the map are lost, the fragments we have reveal a landscape of diverse characters, vibrant and vital...

 

SS#22 - 28th November

Variety Night #3

Our last Saturday Streaming concert for the year, and we're going out in the old country hall tradition... lots of laughs, and lighter in tone and, as the name suggests, expect some variety.

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